For the Business of Football - Inside World Football Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:17:02 +0100 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb FIFA fines Argentina over team's Malvinas banner at 2014 warm-up game Malvinas bannerJuly 27 - FIFA have fined the Argentine Football Association SFr30,000 ($33,000) for displaying a banner that was deemed to qualify as "political action" and "team misconduct".]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:57:01 +0100 Levski sign new lead sponsor in record short-term deal Lev InsBy Alexander Krassimirov
July 28 - Bulgarian Lev Ins AD Insurance Company is the new lead sponsor of top tier club Levski Sofia. The contract between the two parties was signed on Friday, but the curious thing is that it is for just six months - until the end of the calendar year.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:15:50 +0100
Nigerian president Maigari voted out as corruption allegations mount Aminu Maigari By Mark Baber
July 25 - The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) president, Aminu Maigari (pictured) has been sacked following allegations of "financial misappropriation, misapplication and maladministration" by the NFF Executive Committee.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Africa World Football News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:21:03 +0100
UEFA asks Russians for licensing and salary details at FC Rostov FC RostovJuly 25 - UEFA has asked the Russian Football Union to provide documents on the licensing procedure of Russian Premier League FC Rostov. The club has qualified for this season's Europa League.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:03:23 +0100 30% think Nike was an Official World Cup sponsor World Cup sponsorsJuly 25 - A newly published survey of UK, US and Brazilian consumers finds that Coca-Cola, McDonald's, Visa and Adidas were the most recognised sponsors of the World Cup in Brazil, achieving recognition among 50%, 39%, 41% and 36% respectively, amongst UK, US and Brazilian consumers.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Brazil 2014 World Cup News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:08:58 +0100 South African FA expects to be back in the black SAFA logoJuly 25 - In a big turnaround, the South African Football Association (SAFA) has announced it is confident that when auditors complete their work, the 2013-14 account figures will show a profit.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Africa World Football News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:39:20 +0100 Jamaica to host CONCACAF U20 finals, but CFU Cup comes first JFF logoJuly 25 – Jamaica has stepped up to host the CONCACAF U20 championship next January. Before that the Caribbean island is hosting the finals of the CFU Men's Caribbean Cup this November 9-18.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Tournaments Football Americas World Football News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:14:23 +0100 Croatian federation steps into racism row with its own investigation Seko FofanaJuly 25 - The row over the alleged racist incident that caused Patrick Viera to withdraw his Manchester City under-21 side during a match against HNK Rijeka has now prompted the Croatian Football Federation to start an investigation.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:18:04 +0100 Borgonovo and Cruyff foundations link to build new Como community facility Cruyff CourtJuly 25 - An agreement to build the first Cruyff Court, a small football pitch with artificial turf, in Leoni-Via dei Mille has been signed in Como. Called 'Cruyff Court Stefano Borgonovo', it is planned to showcase the goals and objectives of the two foundations: the Johan Cruyff Foundation and the Stefano Borgonovo Foundation.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:24:01 +0100 Bien-Aime becomes second woman to head a national federation at TCIFA Jeffrey Webb CONCACAF President Sonia Bien-Aime TCIFA President and Gordon Derrick CFU PresidentBy Paul Nicholson
July 24 - FIFA executive committee member Sonia Bien-Amie has become one of only two female presidents currently heading their national federations, the other is Sierra Leone's Isha Johansen. Bien-Aime was elected president at the Turks & Caicos Islands Football Association (TCIFA) at the association's AGM earlier this week. She has been general secretary of the TCIFA for the past eight years.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Federations Football Americas World Football News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:45:05 +0100
FIFA bosses in Qatar to meet Emir and discuss 2022 progress Sepp Blatter and Qatar EmirJuly 24 – Having just wrapped one World Cup, FIFA's top brass are already back on the road with FIFA president Sepp Blatter and general secretary Jerome Valcke in Qatar last night meeting His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani and HH Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:15:00 +0100 Premier League to make its big screen debut in US movie theatres NBC Sports and Premier LeagueBy Ben Nicholson
July 24 - NBC Sports, who own the Barclays Premier League broadcasting rights in the US, have teamed up with Fathom Events, a renowned alternative entertainment industry company that offers "one-of-a-kind entertainment events in movie theatres", to bring the Barclays Premier League to 33 movie theatres across the USA. The pair has struck a deal to show the games on the big screen starting on the opening day of the season, August 16.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Premier League News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:50:49 +0100
Dutch dismiss questions over 2018 World Cup participation Dutch mourn deathsBy Andrew Warshaw
July 24 - Dutch football authorities (KNVB) say it is far too early to discuss whether the country will take part in the 2018 World Cup in the wake of the Malaysian Airlines flight that was almost certainly shot down by Russian separatists over eastern Ukraine, killing everyone on board including 193 Dutch nationals.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:35:57 +0100
Ghana investigation prompts FIFA warning on government meddling Ghana playerJuly 24 - Ghana could be the latest African country to face being sanctioned by FIFA after the government announced a three-member commission to look into the activities of the national team. FIFA has written to the Ghana FA over moves to investigate the Black Stars' poor performance on the pitch - and disputes off it - at the World Cup in Brazil.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Africa World Football News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:54:53 +0100 Poland's Jagiellonia Bialystok and Lechia Gdansk sign new kit deals JagielloniaBy Jaroslaw Adamowski
July 24 – Polish football clubs Jagiellonia Bialystok and Lechia Gdansk have signed deals with new technical sponsors. In the 2014/2015 season, Lechia's squad will appear in kits provided by Germany's Saller, which will replace Adidas, and Jagiellonia will switch from US brand Under Armour to Italian brand Errea.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:10:34 +0100
Croatians deny racism saying City are just sore losers Patrick VieraJuly 24 - Croatian club HNK Rijeka have hit back strongly at Manchester City's decision to take their players off the field because of alleged racism in an under-21 fixture in Novigrad on Tuesday.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:19:06 +0100 Soccerex line up Blatter to open Manchester conference Sepp Blatter 16July 24 - FIFA President Sepp Blatter has agreed to open the latest Soccerex football business conference in Manchester in September, an appearance that is bound to generate significant interest in the wake of English FA chairman Greg Dyke's anti-Blatter comments earlier this week.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:26:26 +0100 Byrom confident Match will keep FIFA business as truth unravels Jaime Byrom centreBy Andrew Warshaw
July 23 - Jaime Byrom, one of the founders of long-established FIFA marketing affiliate Match, is confident the World Cup ticket tout investigation in Brazil will not jeopardise the group's relationship with world football's governing body when it comes to future contracts.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Brazil 2014 World Cup News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:19:48 +0100
Las Vegas works on bringing the MLS show to town for a permanent run Las vegasBy Ben Nicholson
July 23 - Since MLS Commissioner Don Garber announced the league's intentions to add teams until it reaches 24 competitors, various states and cities have put their foot forward in hope of bringing the top US soccer league to their area.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Football Americas World Football News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:26:38 +0100
Nigerian clubs make their case for increased role in running national game Tamuno DanagogoJuly 23 - In an effort to bring some order to the general chaos that is prevailing in Nigerian football, a delegation of club owners from the Nigerian Premier League have met with the Minister of Sports and Chairman of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Tamuno Danagogo (pictured) with the aim of restructuring the game in Nigeria.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Africa World Football News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:55:42 +0100 Man City U21s game abandoned in Croatia after racist incident Seko FofanaJuly 23 - English Premier League champions Manchester City took their players off the pitch during an Elite Development Squad U21 fixture against Croatian side HNK Rijeka because of an alleged incident of racism against one of them.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:31:44 +0100